ARL rescues over 40 cats, kittens from feces filled home


DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa drove two hours to northern Iowa on Wednesday to rescue 46 cats and kittens from a house that was full of feces and the smell of ammonia.

The rescue was at a house where the residents were expecting the pets to be taken away. A team of 4 people made the trip.

“Once we were on scene that went pretty smooth,” said Robyn Dobernecker, of the Animal Rescue League. “Luckily it took us about three hours give or take to truly get all of the cats and have the option to get them back.”

Planning a rescue like this requires getting some things lined up before they go.

“Once I got the knowledge and realized the variety of cats that were involved and more importantly the condition of the cats their health, we needed to have the resources to have the option to go in to care for them,” said Dobernecker. “We obviously needed to have a spot for them and our medical staff was prepared including our vets to have the option to care for them.”

Dobernecker credited the work of Blue Pearl Vet Clinic for being able to help treat the cats after they returned from the trip.

“They’re already under treatment as you possibly can see, the medical team was waiting upon our arrival which is pretty standard procedure at this point,” said Dobernecker. “We do that enough so we’re a reasonably well oiled machine. I’m very lucky to have the support that I even have here for the Animal Rescue League and all of the staff members.

The cats had some cold-like symptoms, fleas and ear mites. The cats might be put up for adoption once they’ve recovered.

“That’s the last word goal, they’re very friendly all of them in order that they must be pretty easy to put once they get healthy.”

The Animal Rescue League is asking for contributions to assist take care of the 46 cats until they might be put up for adoption.

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